Chrystia Freeland (UWC Adriatic 84-86)
is a Canadian Member of Parliament with a background in journalism.
After graduating from UWC Adriatic, Chrystia went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in History and Literature from Harvard University, and a Master of Studies degree from St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar.
She began her career as a journalist working as a stringer in Ukraine, writing for the FT, The Washington Post and The Economist, before working as deputy editor of The Globe & Mail, Toronto, Canada. She has also previously held the post Managing Editor of the Financial Times in New York.
Chrystia joined the Financial Times in 1994 – working most recently as Deputy Editor of the FT in London. Other notable positions she has held at the FT include, Editor of FT Electronic Services, Editor of the FT’s Weekend edition, Editor of FT.com, UK News Editor, Moscow Bureau Chief and Eastern Europe Correspondent.
She is the author of Sale of the Century: the inside story of the second Russian revolution (2000), which details Russia’s journey from communism to capitalism and has just been honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
On 25 November 2013, Chrystia was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre. Following an adjustment of the Toronto Centre electoral district for the 2015 federal elections, Chrystia was elected to represent the newly created University—Rosedale district and in November 2015 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed her as Minister of International Trade.